Permit to Practice
Engineers and Geoscientists BC is responsible for regulating the practice of professional engineering and professional geoscience in the province of BC. Effective July 2021, firms that employ engineering and/or geoscience professionals and provide products and/or services requiring the application of professional engineering or professional geoscience will require a permit to practice.
Registration for a Permit to Practice will open July 2, 2021, firms will be required to complete their registration before September 30, 2021. Registration will require firms to provide:
- business name and any additional operating names;
- office location(s);
- roster of registrants employed by or on contract with firm;
- area(s) of practice;
- at least one Responsible Registrant who will acknowledge responsibility for the firm;
- a Responsible Officer (may be the same individual as the Responsible Registrant, does not need to be an Engineers and Geoscientists BC registrant); and
- contact information.
Once the information is provided, the Responsible Registrant and Responsible Officer will be emailed a link to review and accept (or reject) the terms for the role.
After the information is received, the Responsible Registrant and Responsible Officer have accepted the terms, and the associated fees are paid, a Permit to Practice will be issued to the firm.
Within 12 months of receiving a Permit to Practice, the Responsible Registrant must complete the Regulation of Firms – Permit to Practice training and ensure the firm prepares and implements a Professional Practice Management Plan (PPMP).
Firms are eligible for audit by Engineers and Geoscientists BC 12 months after receiving a Permit to Practice.
In order to provide engineering and geoscience firms and sole practitioners with advance information on the new requirements before regulation begins, training opportunities will be offered starting in January 2021 and will take place throughout the province.
There will be specific training sessions for sole practitioners as well as for multi-professional firms.
Have a question about the Regulation of Firms – Permit to Practice? Email us at [email protected] or visit our Regulation of Firms page.